G8 leaders vow joint action against terrorism

G8 leaders have pledged to work together in integrated, coordinated manner.

Toronto: G8 leaders on Saturday pledged to work together in an "integrated and coordinated" manner to combat the threat posed by terrorism and attack violent extremism at its roots.

"Terrorism threatens people everywhere and undermines peace, stability and security. All acts of terrorism are criminal, inhumane, and unjustifiable irrespective of motivation," the Group of Eight leaders said.

"Given the complex nature of the terrorist threat, an integrated and coordinated G8 response is essential to meeting this challenge."

Denouncing suicide bombings and a rise in hostage-takings, the leaders said after talks in Canada that it was "critical to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism”.

They highlighted in their joint statement the need for governments to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and ensure good governance.

PTI